Colorado Supreme Court: Planned Parenthood shooter can be forcibly medicated

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled it is okay for the Planned Parenthood Shooter to be forcibly medicated against his will.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney tweeted the decision on Monday after the Colorado Supreme Court denied an appeal by Robert Dear.

Dear admitted to the shooting but remains in legal limbo after being declared mentally unfit for trial multiple times in connection to the Nov. 27, 2015 shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. The shooting left three people dead, including a police officer, and wounded nine more during a five-hour standoff. Dear has been held at the state mental hospital in Pueblo since being declared legally incompetent two years ago.

The Colorado Court of Appeals in January upheld a lower court's ruling that Dear could be forcibly medicated. The state Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal of the January decision.

Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder and attempted murder. Dear can be held indefinitely, up to the rest of his life, on the first-degree murder charges according to 11 News partner The Gazette.

The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that the man who claims to be the Planned Parenthood shooter can be medicated against his will.

11 News partner The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Friday that the appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling involving Robert Dear Jr., who is being held at a mental health hospital in Pueblo.

Dear faces 179 counts for the Nov. 27 shooting, which left three dead and nine injured. Among those killed: a police officer, an Iraq War veteran, and a mother of two young children who was at the clinic to support a friend.

Two different judges have ruled Dear mentally incompetent to stand trial. The first time a judge ruled him in competent was in may of 2016 after Dear was diagnosed as delusional.